Open Rice App Review and 3 x RM100 Voucher Giveaway @ Malaysia

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Many of us can’t live without our smart phones and apps these days.  You open the phone, there’s WhatsApp for communication, there’s Waze to get you to where you want, then there’s the Open Rice App to get you to what you want to eat [Do read further to see details of 3 x RM 100 Aeon Voucher Giveaway at the end of the post].  

If you are not using the Open Rice App already, it’s a popular app in Malaysia that helps you to search for good food around you. When you open the app, if your phone’s Location / GPS is on, it automatically detects what foods are available nearby you.  You may also filter what you want to eat via locations, cuisines, restaurant type and more.

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If you don’t know what to eat, or simply don’t want to search on the app, just look at the Editor’s Picks for recommendations.  Other features of the app include finding good deals as Open Rice partners with restaurateurs to bring promotions to you (very important now with everything on the rise !).  An example of a promotion at the moment would be the Buy 1 Free 1 Kirin Beer promotion at Rocku Yakiniku in Pavilion.  Just show the staff the coupon from the app, and you are entitled for the promotion.  There’s no need to print out anything and no trees are harmed in the process.

Once you’ve decided on what you want to eat, you can even create an event by using the “Meal Invite” feature, which is really genius because once you’ve clicked on it, you choose you date, time, and you can invite your friends in your phone’s contact list through Whatsapp / Line / Wechat, etc.


Furthermore, did you know that the Open Rice App is equally useful if you are travelling to other countries such as Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore ?  The next time that you go to any of these countries, travel with the Open Rice App and make your travel worthwhile because food is an essential part of travel as well.

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Take Macau for example, get ready for a journey of gastronomic adventure.  Some say that Cantonese cuisine in Macau is even more refined than Hong Kong because it’s not as commercialised as Hong Kong. With its Portuguese colonisation history, Macanese cuisine is a unique combination of Chinese and Portuguese cuisine, while good old Portuguese cuisine is also common in Macau.

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If I get to go Macau again, Portuguese cuisine would be something that I would love to have again.  Simply “Filter” or “Sort By” cuisine, and hundreds of Portuguese restaurants would be right in front of you.

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If you wish to narrow down your selection, you may filter further by choosing a location.  In my case, I’ve chosen the Taipa District. After a few minutes of scrolling through, I found Antonio Restaurant that’s so my type of restaurant that I would go to.

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From the photos in the Open Rice App, food looks perfect and the ambiance is definitely there.  Antonio Restaurant, I hope I get to see you sometime in the near future ! **Food images shown are taken by Open Rice user Ophelia 710, Zukibb, Yuyauyuyau and Raffaella Cheung.

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Take Taiwan as another example.  Being a Taiwanese myself, I must admit that there are many places in Taiwan that I have not visited and am curious about, such as the Miaoli area (苗栗). The Tung Blossom Festival in Miaoli has always fascinated me but I’ve never had the chance to go. If I were to go to Miaoli, Hakka cuisine would definitely be my cuisine of choice because Miaoli is the home base of the Hakka population in Taiwan.  In the Open Rice App, I have filtered by location (Hsinchu / Miaoli) and cuisine (Hakka) and voila I found 桐花村客家料理 /Tung Blossom Hakka Cuisine.

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Another quick look at the photos of 桐花村客家料理 / Tung Blossom Hakka Cuisine, this is definitely another restaurant I would love to visit! 桐花村客家料理 / Tung Blossom Hakka Cuisine, I am coming for you the next time I go to Taiwan !  **Food images shown are taken by Open Rice user Mika 出走美食日記.


3 x RM 100 Lazada Voucher Giveaway

**Updated on 12th April:
The contest is already closed with three winners selected.  Joanne Pan, Betty Liew, Pauline Pauline.
Thank you everyone for participating in this giveaway !

Now the details of the voucher giveaway.  Open Rice will be providing Three RM 100 Aeon Vouchers for Three Winners.  Take part in the contest below and be among one of the winners to receive a RM100 Aeon voucher (and shop all you want!)

Contest Date : 7th April – 11th April
Contest Prize : Three winners will each receive one RM 100 Aeon Voucher
Winners will be announced on 12th April on Facebook and updated in this post.

1. Download the Open Rice App

2.  Use the Open Rice App, take a screen shot (with smart phone or computer) of one restaurant which you would want to visit from one of the following countries : Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Thailand or Taiwan.

3.  Go to my Facebook Page –> Alwaystravelicious Travel & Food Blog, there will be a post pinned to the top of the page titled “Open Rice App Review and 3 x RM100 Aeon Voucher Giveaway”; share the post.

4. Leave a comment below the Facebook post to tell me which restaurant you have chosen and from which country, and attach the screen shot picture you have taken previously.  (For example, I’ve chosen Antonio Restaurant from Macau, I will leave that in the comment with a screen shot).

Good Luck ! XOXO



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    1. KJ @ Post author

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂 Open Rice is a useful app. If you have some time, head over to my facebook page and leave a comment with a screenshot of a restaurant from Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Thailand, you might be able to win a RM100 voucher 🙂

    1. KJ @ Post author

      Thanks for visiting ! Do drop by my facebook page to leave a comment with a screenshot too. Hope you get to win the RM 100 voucher 🙂

  1. Emily

    I’ve heard so much about Open Rice but have not installed or used it yet. I figured that living in Ipoh, I won’t have that many options, anyway. Perhaps I should try it. Best wishes to all who are participating in the giveaway.

    1. KJ @ Post author

      Hi Emily. Give it a try. Maybe you might find something you didn’t know about Ipoh 🙂 Come over to my FB page to join the giveawy if you have time. You might win something 🙂

    1. KJ @ Post author

      Food and travel always go together. When there’s travel there’s food. Have fun in all your future travels 🙂

  2. Shub

    Open Rice is always a great place to look at whenever you want to search for good food. Now they have app too? so convenient for us then.

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